Donald Trump’s legal team has been discussing how he could avoid an interview with the FBI or special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators as part of the probe into Russian meddling in during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to NBC News.
With the possibility now looming that the president himself could be subject to an interview by the FBI or Mueller’s investigators, Trump’s legal team has been debating whether it would be possible to simply avoid it. One individual familiar with the strategy said those internal discussions within Trump’s legal team began shortly after the president’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was indicted in late October for money laundering in connection with his business dealings with Ukraine.
Trump’s team is said to be considering sending written responses or an affidavit instead of Trump having a formal face-to-face sitdown with investigators.
Sources who worked in the Justice Department say it is extremely unlikely that that Mueller would ever give up the opportunity to interview Trump directly. “Prosecutors want to see and hear folks in person,” according to former US Attorney Chuck Rosenberg. “The odds of prosecutors agreeing to written responses are somewhere between infinitesimally small and zero.”
Ken Star interviewed @HillaryClinton Nine ( 9) times.
Trump wants to receive a multiple choice questionnaire.
because there is no collusion.
— ALT- Immigration 🛂 (@ALT_uscis) January 8, 2018
Trump would like a mail in interview that’s multiple choice, even then his lying legal cons would answer the questions for him and he would sign it. He’s good at signing things and watching Apes.
— Bill Thompson (@baxterbill46) January 8, 2018
Mueller would have to give a multiple choice answer book and a box of crayons so Trump could color in his answers.
— E.G. (@Eaglesbud64) January 8, 2018
Donald Trump's lawyers want him to be able to take a multiple choice questionnaire rather than testify live in the Mueller Russia investigation.
This is a sample of the questionnaire that the lawyers want Trump to answer. pic.twitter.com/EHC4dFP5FQ
— The Tweetwit (@TheTweetwit) January 8, 2018
MUELLER: Regarding the June 9th meeting in Trump Tower…
TRUMP: I thought this was going to be multiple choice.
MUELLER: Were you briefed on this meeting?
MUELLER: Excuse me?
TRUMP: I'd like to phone a friend!
— Ruben Carbajal (@rubencarbajal) January 8, 2018
@Morning_Joe Maybe Mueller can give trump a test with multiple choice answers.
1.Did u or anyone in ur campaign collude w/the Russians?
C. I need a cheeseburger before I answer
Maybe trump could use a coloring book n crayons 2 color his answers
— jack dunbar (@JackJackdunbar3) January 8, 2018
In addition to the possibility of suggesting the president submit written responses in place of an interview, a second person familiar with the president’s legal strategy said another possibility being contemplated was an affidavit signed by the president affirming he was innocent of any wrongdoing and denying any collusion. It was not clear what such an affidavit might state regarding the president’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey in May 2017 at a time when Comey was leading the Russia probe.
The president has continued to insist publicly that he is not under investigation and has described the Justice Department investigation as a “hoax” and a conspiracy cooked up by the FBI in concert with his political opponents. Trump told reporters at Camp David this weekend,
Just so you understand, there’s been no collusion, there’s been no crime, and in theory everybody tells me I’m not under investigation. Maybe Hillary is, I don’t know, but I’m not. But we have been very open. We could have done it two ways. We could have been very closed, and it would have taken years. But you know, sort of like when you’ve done nothing wrong, let’s be open and get it over with.
Because, honestly, it’s very, very bad for our country. It’s making our country look foolish. And this is a country that I don’t want looking foolish. And it’s not going to look foolish as long as I’m here.
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